Initiative on Canadian Accessible Digital Books

Department of Canadian Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Canada's 2019 Budget announced an investment of $22.8 million over 5 years (2019-20 to 2023-24) to support the sustainable production and distribution of accessible digital books by Canadian independent publishers through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canada Book Fund.

The objective of this initiative is to help the Canadian book industry to integrate accessible publishing features into the production and distribution of digital books (ebooks and audiobooks) that can be used by everyone, including persons with print disabilities. Specifically, this initiative aims to increase the availability of "born accessible" Canadian-authored digital titles.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Results are not yet available as the program is in its first year of operation (2019-2020).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

USD 17.5 million over five years

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: